Posted: Sep 4, 2013 5:25 PM by Judy Slate - MTN News
It's been a little more than a year since an arsonist forced students at Heritage Christian out of their school. But now they're back.
"It was really sad, knowing that someone has purposefully set fire to our school," said Alethia Heide.
Heide, now a senior at Heritage Christian School, was about to enter her junior year when someone set fire to the gymnasium.
The blaze caused $3 million damage and the building was unusable. After the school moved into a temporary building with about a third of the space, adjustments had to be made.
"It was really cool to see the Lord provide so much, people gave us desks and lockers," said Heide.
"Our classrooms were always shoulder to shoulder, very close to each other," said Heritage Christian co-administrator Gerry Geode.
After months of construction, the kids have returned for the new year, to their "new" school.
One of the likes? "Just like having the space to move around in class," Heide said.
School officials say the new gym is actually bigger than the one that burned.
"It's really good, it's big," said Lauren Gulick, a student. "It can fit two courts."
Even thought the students are grateful to be back home, they tell us there are bigger issues than returning to their school
"We also know that our families and the relationships with each other are much more important than the building," said Geode.
Officials say enrollment at Heritage Christian is up by 20 students this school year.